Fort Riley, Kansas: United Service Organization, 1941. First Edition. Very Good.
Fort Riley, Kansas: United Service Organization, [circa 1941]. One two-sided 7-inch vinyl record with USO-Club label bearing pencil notes reading "#1 #98" and "#2", in the original USO envelope addressed from Private Richard J. Bozzo to his wife with a 3-cent postage stamp. In good condition, no longer playable. A lovely example of this unique method of wartime communication. This novel method of letter-writing was developed during World War II by the United Service Organization, a group founded in 1941 that was dedicated to providing service members with entertainment, comfort, and connections to their lives back home during wartime. Their centers and clubs served as a space for service members to gather for social events or relax while writing letters, and were often stocked with free coffee and donuts. Their "letter on-a-record" initiative allowed service members to record messages to their loved ones in their own voices, to be played easily on a turntable. Richard J. Bozzo (1922-2016), a lifelong resident of New Jersey, was a Forward Radio Operator with the 284th Field Artillery Battalion in the U.S. Army, who served in the European Theater during World War II.